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INDIA: SC COMMUTES DEATH PENALTY OF 15 CONVICTS DUE TO DELAY, MENTAL ILLNESS

January 21, 2014: In a landmark and significant judgement, the Supreme Court commuted death penalty of 15 convicts on the grounds of inordinate delay and mental illness. The apex court said the death penalty can be commuted when there is an inordinate and inexplicable delay in deciding the mercy plea of the convicts.
While the death penalty of 13 convicts has been commuted to life on the ground of inordinate delay on part of President to decide their mercy pleas, two others were given life sentence after they became mentally ill after several years on death row. Over 20 death row convicts had approached Supreme Court seeking an authoritative ruling on the matter.
The Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court commuted death sentence of four aides of forest brigand Veerappan to life term on ground of delay in deciding their mercy plea by the government.
The four Veerappan gang members, convicted for killing 22 policemen in April 1993, are Simon, Gnana Prakash, Madaiah and Bilavendra. They were sentenced to death on January 29, 2004 while their mercy plea rejected was in February 13, 2013. The apex court had extended the stay on hanging for six months on February 20, 2013.
The court also ruled that a death row convict must be hanged within 14 days after dismissal of his/ her mercy petition. Ruling that death row convicts and their families must be informed after their mercy plea is rejected by the President or the Governor, the apex court said, "Once the mercy plea has been rejected, it should be communicated in writing."
The apex court said schizophrenia, insanity and mental illness can be reasons for commuting death penalty and the convicts should be given adequate medical treatment and legal aid. The order also said that solitary confinement of a death row convict and other prisoners is unconstitutional. (Sources: ibnlive.in.com, 22/01/2014)

GAMBIA: MURDERER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR HACKING MOTHER'S LOVER
IRAN: 5 EXECUTIONS IN PRISON OF UREMIA
SAUDI ARABIA: INDIAN WORKER BEHEADED FOR MURDER
B'DESH COURT GIVES DEATH PENALTY TO 14 IN ARMS HAUL CASE
IRAN: TWO AHWAZI ACTIVISTS EXECUTED
NORTH KOREA: PURGE OF JANG SONG THAEK ASSOCIATES CONTINUES
PNG: JUSTICE MINISTER SAYS EXECUTIONS WILL GO AHEAD THIS YEAR
MISSOURI (USA): HERBERT SMULLS EXECUTED
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED IN PUBLIC IN QAZWIN
IRAN: FOUR PEOPLE HANGED FOR MURDER, DRUGS
NORTH KOREA: KIM JONG-UN EXECUTED HIS UNCLE’S ENTIRE FAMILY
MEXICO: PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PEÑA NIETO SAYS TEXAS EXECUTION SETS 'BAD PRECEDENT'
TUNISIAN CONSTITUTION ENSHRINES RIGHT TO LIFE BUT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY
VIRGINIA (USA): ELECTRIC CHAIR BILL DIES ON TIE VOTE IN SENATE COMMITTEE
LEBANON: MINISTER OF JUSTICE, 'THE MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS CONTINUES'
IRAQ: 11 OTHERS HANGED FOR TERRORISM
BANGLADESH: MAN GETS DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING WIFE IN CTG
PAKISTAN: BLASPHEMY ACCUSED SENTENCED TO DEATH
OKLAHOMA (USA): KENNETH EUGENE HOGAN EXECUTED
IRAN: SEVEN PRISONERS HANGED IN KERMANSHAH
KAZAKHSTAN: MPS SUGGEST REMOVING DEATH PENALTY FROM CRIMINAL CODE, GENERAL PROSECUTOR SAYS NO
MALDIVES: AN ORDER ISSUED TO USE LETHAL INJECTION FOR EXECUTION
UAE: SRI LANKAN EXECUTED FOR MURDER
IRAN: UN RIGHTS EXPERTS ‘ALARMED’ AT SHARP INCREASE IN HANGINGS, URGES HALT TO EXECUTIONS
NIGERIA: 23-YEAR-OLD SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING FOR KILLING RIVAL
TEXAS (USA): EDGAR TAMAYO EXECUTED DESPITE PLEAS FROM MEXICO
NIGERIA: POLICEMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING A BOY
INDONESIA: DEATH SENTENCE FOR KILLER SOLDIER UPHELD
VIRGINIA (USA): BILL TO ALLOW INCREASED USE OF ELECTRIC CHAIR PASSES HOUSE
SUDAN APPROVES DEATH PENALTY FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS

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